Manual Osteopathy addresses the inter-connectedness of all body systems, restoring function and equilibrium by treating the root cause of pain and imbalance.
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy developed by preventive medicine pioneer Andrew T. Still in the late 1800’s. The word osteopathy originates from the two Greek words “osteone,” which means structure, and “pathos,” which means pain. Osteopathic treatment is based on the concept that the structure of the body affects how it will function and that it functions as a unified whole.
Manual Osteopathic Practitioners uses quality and fineness of palpation skills to assess the position, mobility, and quality of tissue throughout the body. Osteopathy works with the interconnectedness of the entire body: bones, muscles, joints, connective tissue, nerves, blood vessels, and organs to improve overall health, vitality and balance.
By treating the body as a whole, imprinted traumas and compensations are released resulting in realignment of structure, improvement in digestion, lymphatic drainage, circulation, respiration, and metabolism. The goal of Osteopathy is to relieve pain, improve mobility and to support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal.
Manual Osteopathic Practitioners use a wide variety of specialized techniques to treat the whole person. These include CranioSacral Therapy, soft tissue and myofascial release, strain/counterstrain, muscle energy techniques, low amplitude manipulations, visceral and cranial releases, fascial unwinding, and mobilization. Osteopathic Practitioners use a highly trained sense of touch and palpation to assess imbalances or dysfunctions in the body and facilitate the required techniques as appropriate for each individual.
Osteopathy focuses on looking for and treating the root cause of the problem instead of just addressing the immediate symptoms.
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What happens during a Manual Osteopathic treatment?
Your treatment session begins with a complete health survey including a detailed history of your past and current medical conditions and health issues. Using observation and gentle palpation skills Scott then conducts a physical examination assessing all systems and structures that may be related to the area of complaint and affected through compensation. With the information gathered from the evaluation process, Scott categorizes any dysfunction he finds, creates a treatment plan and reviews his findings with you. A wide variety of highly sophisticated techniques are then used to release tensions and provide treatment to areas of imbalance.
It is recommended that you wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing for the treatment as Scott will need access to your spine.
Who can benefit from Manual Osteopathy?
Newborns to the elderly can be treated with Manual Osteopathy.
You can benefit from Manual Osteopathy and CranioSacral Therapy if you are dealing with any of the following conditions: